Sunday, April 18, 2021

Flowering of the Art - MWGC Virtual April Little Show

A creative floral arrangement or design to interpret a paining or picture. I choose a 19 century Japanese woodblock (Ukioyoie) by Hiroshige from my husband’s collection (Mountain Fuji scenery no.36, early spring). It’s spring time, materials are easy to find, blue ceramic vase also in my consideration.(4/20/2021, MWGC virtual little show)

Japanese quince


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Spring Is Around My House

Spring is here in my garden! 

Weeping Cherry in the front yard

Cherry blossom, bloom twice a year Spring and Autumn

Eastern redbud 

Sand cherry 

Cherry and willow 

Front garden

Monday, April 12, 2021

Using Both Fresh and Unconventional Materials

The lesson for April zoom class (4/19/2021) will be taught by our own class member Sarah instead of Hata Sensei. Because she just promoted to higher lever/rank Komon, so did Marcia our chairperson, she conducted for the last month’s zoom class (they substitute just for March and April).

The subject for this month is using both Fresh and Unconventional materials. I have tried for couple arrangements, my final one is using soft wire and foam rings with fresh Lenten roses (Hellebores) arranged a cascading style. (4/12/2021)

Front view

Side view

View from above

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tulip Arrangement

My son’s family came to visit us during the Easter holiday weekend from upstate New York. We have not seen them since last June, because of COVID pandemic. My husband and I have done our vaccination already. So, all of us are feeling a kind of relief and a lot of joy seeing each other, especially our two teenage grandchildren are growing so much taller! My daughter-in-law brought me a pot of tulip plant, I was so glad to use them to make an Ikebana arrangement. 

Material: Tulip and Witch Hazel / ceramic vase

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Lenten Rose and Arrangement

The plants, Lenten Rose are not rose at all but a hellebore hybrid. They are perennial flowers, blooming in late winter and early spring. They are full bloom right now in my front garden. 

Lenten Rose and Daffodil 

This picture is from google, just want  to show l have most
of these colors

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Composition Expressing on a Movement

It only took a week to force my forsythia to flower. Spring is in the air! Forsythia are gently swaying in the wind.

Forsythia and Daffodil / bamboo container (3/26/2021)

Forsythia and left over flowers (3/20)

Friday, March 19, 2021

Jewel Box - Pave Design

MWGC March virtual little show is “Jewel Box” - A paved design using a spring palette. “It’s an easy, fun project that both beginner and experienced designers will enjoy.” Entries must be emailed to our garden club chair person by 3/19/2021.

Indeed! I had fun doing this:

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The 50 Principles of Sogetsu by Sofu Teshigahara - Main Line Study Group March Subject

This arrangement is one of the Sofu’s “The 50 Principles of Sogetsu.” It’s Principle #32 or #33 about containers. It says: “Green bamboo tubes and simple rustic jars make the best containers,” and “Select a container that accentuates the beauty of the ikebana arranged in it.” The members’ arrangements of this subject will show in the Main Line study group’s zoom class on 3/15/2021which in charge by our chairperson Marcia. She will be demo and critique our arrangements.

Mine: I recycled a gift bag, used it as a container and made an arrangement in it. Using forced magnolia  flowering branches, mums, alstroemerias, boxwood and wrapping paper.   

Front view

Viewed from above

Side view

Friday, March 12, 2021

Composition of Mass and Curved Line

 My second demonstration: Composition of Mass and Curved Line. As I mentioned before, I used a soft colored, tall ceramic container with a magnolia branch and craspedia for the curved line, and stoke flower for the mass.

Demo on site 3/9/2021

Composition of Mass and Straight Line

For BuxMount study group’s March online class program, I was going to demonstrate two arrangements: 1) Composition of mass and straight line, 2) Mass and curved line. It’s a good thing that I could review and practice again. So, I bought two bunches of small bouquets for practice. I had a straight lichen covered branch and curved magnolia. My container choice: Triangular container for straight line. A tall ceramic container for curved line. 

Here were my practice arrangements and actual demo piece: Triangular container with strong straight branch. Sunflower was my flower choice. It’s more striking!

my demo arrangement on site 3/9/2021